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Industrial & Systems Engineering students work in
the Ergonomics Laboratory. All images courtesy of
Oakland Univ.

feature | workforce development

EDUCATING

Work-Ready Students
Oakland University program works closely with local manufacturers to create
a program that provides experienced workers based on industry needs.

IN SOUTHEAST MICHIGAN, within a
60-mi. radius of the Oakland Univ. Rochester, MI, campus, there are thousands of major
manufacturing companies representing
automotive, metals, machinery, food and
beverage, plastics, rubber, bioscience, furniture, chemical products, energy, computer
and electronics, and defense. These companies need industrial and systems engineers
who are ready to go to work right out of
college. Oakland's Industrial & Systems Engineering (ISE) Department is giving them
what they need.
"Our program is all about educating
engineers for a lifetime," said Robert Van Til,
Ph.D., the school's Chair and Pawley Professor of Lean Studies, Industrial & Systems
Engineering Department (oakland.edu/
ise). "It's not about training someone to be
super productive one day on the job. We are

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preparing engineers to be work ready right
out of college."
Located in the heart of Oakland County's Automation Alley, the university offers
277 degree and certificate programs with
nearly 20,000 students currently enrolled.
About 4,000 of them are in the engineering
program, with approximately 90 in the ISE
undergraduate program and another 170 in
ISE graduate programs. A public university
situated on 1,443 acres, Oakland spans two
thriving cities-Auburn Hills and Rochester
Hills-in southeast Michigan.
For the ISE program, preparing students
for the real world is not just a marketing slogan. For example, one ISE teaching assistant
wrote his master's thesis about using plant
simulation to model the emergency room
of one of the local hospitals. He posted a
description of it on his LinkedIn profile, then

Michelle
Segrest
Contributing
Editor

almost immediately received a cold call from
a local OEM that was looking for throughput
simulation engineers. He interviewed and
was offered the job on the spot. It was the
practical internship experience, working
knowledge of digital tools, and hands-on
project work that he received through the
Oakland ISE program that impressed the
recruiter.
"The company was so happy with his work
readiness right out of college, seven of the
next nine throughput simulation engineers
the company hired came from our program,"
Van Til said.

DIFFERENCE MAKERS
Oakland's ISE program is preparing students for the workforce by working in close
partnership with local companies who let the
department know what skills are in demand,

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Efficient Plant May 2018

Editorial
Implementations
Six Steps That Cut Costs
Educating Work-REady Students
Revisiting Benefits Of A CMMS
Lube Safety Comes In Threes
SAP: What Does This SAP Error Mean?
Are Your Electrical Workers Qualified?
Is Your Site Susceptible To Cyber Threats?
Pinpoint Funny Motor-Ground Currents
Properly Select Pressure-Relief Valves
On The Floor
Solution Focus
Products
Index
Showcase
Seeking Reliability
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Efficient Plant May 2018 - Editorial
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Efficient Plant May 2018 - Implementations
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Efficient Plant May 2018 - Six Steps That Cut Costs
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Efficient Plant May 2018 - Lube Safety Comes In Threes
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Efficient Plant May 2018 - SAP: What Does This SAP Error Mean?
Efficient Plant May 2018 - Are Your Electrical Workers Qualified?
Efficient Plant May 2018 - Is Your Site Susceptible To Cyber Threats?
Efficient Plant May 2018 - Pinpoint Funny Motor-Ground Currents
Efficient Plant May 2018 - Properly Select Pressure-Relief Valves
Efficient Plant May 2018 - On The Floor
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Efficient Plant May 2018 - Solution Focus
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Efficient Plant May 2018 - Products
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Efficient Plant May 2018 - Index
Efficient Plant May 2018 - Showcase
Efficient Plant May 2018 - Seeking Reliability
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